Style: May 07, 2021


may 2021

the lifestyle magazine

Facing winter

Skincare notes

that nourish

Tonka toys & culvert pipes

The Foote family’s

uphill battle

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Can you remember the time when problems were met

with hard graft and No. 8 wire? It seems society has left

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solutions instead. However, you don’t need to dig deeply

into the history books to find inspiring examples that prove

this notion, dormant or not, remains part of our DNA.

Forty-five years ago, a feat of sheer determination began.

Neither man nor Mother Nature could thwart Peter Foote’s

plans to open his own ski field. He and his team of bulldozers

spent seven months cutting a new road through 700m of

rock-laden ground – and that was just the beginning. It was a

colossal, family effort that saw Mt Dobson come into being,

with hard graft central to the mission’s success (page 17).

Following in his forefather’s footsteps, Ben Wilson set his

sights beyond the shores of New Zealand but never lost

his connection to the land. A fateful meeting with Amanda

Dorset set them on a journey that would see them achieve

greatness together – taking Kiwi sheepskin from Wānaka to

far-reaching continents (p. 27).

In Lyttelton, heaven and earth – or a 1.3-tonne rock – had

to be shifted in order to achieve landscaping excellence.

Hard graft has its rewards, with the team that worked on

this project coming away with industry accolades for their

perseverance (p. 23).

Do you have roadblocks in your path? Roll up your sleeves

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In this issue




Gorgeous skincare and

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New releases & the winner

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Have you noticed an increasing use of ‘on accident’?

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Style | Feature 17

The road

It takes about 20 minutes to drive up the road to Mt Dobson Ski Area.

And every inch of that road was created by a man who, despite reams of red tape

and financial constraints, was determined to build a ski field.

Words Shelley Robinson

ABOVE: Mt Dobson Ski Area becomes a playground in winter, but the story of creating it

rests on the determination of one man and his family. Photo: Supplied

18 Style | Feature

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Peter and his late wife Shirley at Mt Dobson; Despite being “retired”, you’ll likely find Peter still up on

Mt Dobson during the ski season; From humble beginnings, Mt Dobson Ski Area has grown into a modern playground for skiers;

An aerial view of the ski area, perhaps as Peter may have seen it when he first spied it from a farmer’s plane in the 1970s;

Mt Dobson attracts skiers from around the country; Peter and Shirley taking a break with a cuppa. Photos: Supplied

Style | Feature 19

It must have been quite a sight around the Fairlie area

in 1976.

People knew from the newspapers that Peter Foote

and his bulldozers were up to something up there on

the hill – actually, there’d been a fair bit of controversy.

Now they could see him inching into sight as he and his

workers crawled up the hill, creating a road that would

lead to what would be known as Mt Dobson Ski Area.

“Before that they couldn’t see me and were probably

saying, ‘What’s that silly fool up to?’” chuckles Peter.

It took him, with his three bulldozers and drivers,

seven months just to cut through a 700m, rocky, steep

part of the road. But once they got through that, Peter

knew the next 5–6km would be “easy going”.

The physical part of cutting the road was the easy

part. A man and his machine can get a lot done, but a

man up against a bureaucratic machine can achieve far

less. When Peter came up with the idea of establishing

the Mt Dobson Ski Area, he found himself doing a merry

dance around government departments. But Peter was

not deterred by such things. If anything, it simply fuelled

his resolve. So, he sent a telegram to the then South

Canterbury MP Rob Talbot to sort things out.

“Everybody had their finger in the pie but no one

had the authority to say yes, so I went to him to get the

consent started and he took it to Wellington,” says Pete.

That was the first hurdle. But back then, there were

catchment boards, which had the purpose of minimising

and preventing damage to land by floods and erosion.

However, if you ask Peter what their purpose was, he

may have a vastly more colourful answer for you.

Suffice to say, he says, they “kept shifting the

goal posts”.

“Because they were convinced I couldn’t do it,” he

explains. “They wanted extra work done and I had to

do an extra planting of 26,000 trees. I was accused of

causing erosion in the newspaper and all these sorts

of things.”

But again, instead of dissuading him, it had the

opposite effect.

“It was never on the drawing board to stop. We were

going to do this, even if it was going to kill me.”

More than 45 years later, as he recounts the story,

you hear the steely determination in his voice. You

almost feel sorry for the bureaucrats. Almost.


Peter Foote was a young man who loved machines and

was not really all that fond of the “boring weekends” in

Timaru, where he lived.

On one of his weekend expeditions with the Scouts,

he visited Fairlie’s Fox Peak Ski Area and after a few visits

found himself roped into being on the committee. At

that time, he was an apprentice with Massey Ferguson

tractors, so his skills up on the hill, where tractors ran

rope tows, were invaluable.

Ask him what his fondest memories were of that

time and he’ll give you a list of machinery – the valve

on the petrol motor that drove the ski tow that he

fixed; the international tractor with steel wheels he

used to get up the hill; an old Bedford truck the work

parties used; and the wartime bulldozer he bought for

$600 to build the top half of the road.

Peter and his family moved to Fairlie into a house

bought off a farmer for $300, in which sheep had been

the previous inhabitants. By that stage, he and his wife

Shirley had two children, Richard and Allan, while the

youngest, Bruce, was born there in 1973.

It was during this time that Peter decided to build his

own ski field. He had been running Fox Peak for about

three years and was getting itchy to create a ski field his

way – without the input of a committee.

A local farmer took him up in his airplane to scout the

area and he pinpointed the basin that would become Mt

Dobson Ski Area. And after four years of red tape, he

finally got the green flag in 1976 to begin work.

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If you ask Bruce Foote and his brothers who built the

road, they’ll tell you they did.

“I’ve got this memory of me and my two brothers,

with our Tonka toys up on the road. We’ve always

maintained we built the road with our Tonka toys – it

wasn’t our father,” he chuckles.

School holidays were spent camping by the road, so

Peter could get straight to work.

“We had two caravans: one my parents slept in and

the other one my mother did the cooking in. Then my

brothers and I slept in a hut that had no door on it

– every time it blew, you would have to snuggle down

into your sleeping bag. Occasionally, possums would visit

you in the middle of the night,” he says.

Then he recalls the story of the “best toilet with the

best view”.

“You had to sort of go over the bank and climb

down a fence to get to it, but you had a view across

South Canterbury while you did your business!” Bruce

is speaking more quickly now, as if the young boy in him

has come alive once again.

The road was a family effort. Shirley made 700 culvert

pipes for the 70 culverts discovered on the road.

Though times were hard financially, Peter always

found a way, doing his own tractor repairs and earning

enough to resume work on the road.

Bruce remembers the day the ski field opened.

“A lot of people turned up because this crazy bugger

had spent four years building this road up the side of a

mountain and wanted to see what was at the end of it

that he was so hell-bent on doing!”


Peter had proven he could navigate the obstacles thrown

at him. But the 1980s were determined to test him.

There were two terrible ski seasons in 1987 and 1988,

he says. On top of this, the family had to pay back a

large loan they had used to put in a platter lift, which

had an interest rate of 26.5 per cent.

“They were pretty desperate times,” he says.

He picked up some work putting in a water scheme

and another job clearing tracks, while Shirley worked at

a shop in the township. Bruce remembers his parents

pumping the petrol out of the tanks up on the ski field

and selling it to local transport companies to try to keep

food on the table.

“The community was raising funds for us, so this place

didn’t go out the back door. Food was arriving at the

back door to tide us over,” says Peter.

Finally, it arrived. The “freak season” that was 1989.

“There was no snow down south and these

Aucklanders, who had flow down to Queenstown to

find there was no snow there, came to us. We had a

record season and we paid off our debt.”

Peter vowed never to take out a loan again.

ABOVE: Peter hard at work creating the road to Mt Dobson Ski Area with his trusty bulldozer.

It took 10,000 hours to create the access road. Photos: Supplied

Style | Feature 21


Shirley was an integral part of the Mt Dobson Ski

Area. From building the culvert pipes to helping

Peter run the ski field, including the ticket office, she

is woven into the very fabric of this story.

In 2001, Shirley died age 57 of cancer. You can

hear the slight catch in Peter’s voice as he says it.

“It was very sad,” he murmurs.

Peter, faced with running the ski field by himself,

looked to sell.

“After she died, there was a lot of pressure.

I couldn’t do it on my own. But then the boys

approached me and said they wouldn’t mind having

a go running it,” he says.

Bruce is now general manager and Allan a board

director. Richard, having seemingly picked up his

father’s knack for machines, is a diesel mechanic on

the West Coast. (Actually, all three boys are handy

with machines – Bruce was a panel beater and Allan

an engineer. Must have been those Tonka toys.)

Peter has “retired”. But, in truth, he’ll never be

parted from his road and his machines. Once he’s

hung up the phone, he’ll be off up there again, to

improve the carriageway, he says. During the ski

season, Bruce can’t drive two snow groomers, so

he’s the “back-up driver”.

You can’t separate that man from his road,

chuckles Bruce.

“He’s a bit of a stubborn bugger, but he’s got

where he is because of it. Once he started the

process and dug over the first bit of dirt on the

road, there was no going back.”

Ask Bruce how he feels about what his father has

achieved and he’ll say without hesitation: pride.

“It is a lifetime’s achievement – it really is,”

says Bruce.

So if you pop up to Mt Dobson this ski season,

make sure to take a long look at the road that took

Peter and his bulldozers 10,000 hours to build. See

if you can visualise the spot where Bruce and his

brothers played with their Tonka toys, the culverts

complete with Shirley’s pipes, and the ‘bathroom’

with a view. Because in every nook and cranny of

that road there is a memory to be found – all linked

to the family who created a lasting legacy on a hill,

so people have a place to play in winter.

ABOVE: Peter and his family have created a place where families can enjoy skiing in

beautiful surroundings. Photo: Supplied


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It’s that time of year when beautiful autumnal hues

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• Site orientation – North facing will capture heat naturally but if your

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you warm outdoors will be your heating. Whether fire, gas or

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which will draw visitors outside. Gas and electric have the benefit

of creating instant heat, but some purists consider nothing beats the

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more time and planning). Outdoor fires come in an array of styles,

or can be a bespoke feature- but there are plenty of more discreet

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all becoming popular options. On a more practical level, containing

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Sanctuary escape

A place of retreat created in a Lyttelton backyard.

Photos Hillary K Photography

ABOVE: Nature and nurture meet to create a place of relaxation and conversation in Christchurch.

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It looks harmless enough, a rock

sitting languidly at the foot of a spa

pool. But before it came to be here

in this Lyttelton backyard, it caused

a fair bit of ruckus. It turns out there

is no easy way to move a 1.3-tonne

rock – especially on the signature

narrow streets of Christchurch’s

harbour town.

“The crane was pretty maxed out

– it kept screaming, ‘Overloaded,

overloaded!’” says landscaper and

director of Sculptural Landscapes

Jon Russell.

“Then we had to manpower it

across to the other side – it took a

bit of effort.”

It feels like a bit of an

understatement – it took four of his

team to move it “inch by inch” by

putting it on timbers.

But it was well worth the effort.

Not only does the garden evoke

the feelings of the tranquillity and

rustic earthiness of the West Coast,

but it won Jon and his team a gold

medal at the recent Landscapes of

Distinction Awards.

The landscape architect behind

the project, Land Arch’s Dan Rivers,

said it was a well-deserved win for

Sculptural Landscapes.

“Total respect to these guys

– often we’ll say if you get 80 per

cent there with the design vision you

are doing really well. So it is really

nice when the space feels like you

thought it would,” he says.

The space was a grassed area with

a trampoline, but it had a Zen garden

heart, and the rock played a large

part in that, Dan says.

“It is like it has landed out of the

sky, like islands – just like in a raked

Zen garden area,” he says.

He designed it so the rock didn’t

feel like it was placed, but rather

that the concrete washed up

against it.

As the area is long and linear, Dan

used circles to break it up. You can

see it woven through the design,

from the shape of the spa pool

and its concrete foundation to the

round tables made of repurposed

kwila decking.

Dan has experience with spas and

hot pools – he designed the Franz

Josef Glacier Hot Pools and the

Ōpuke Thermal Pools and Spa in

Methven, and his preference is for the

“pure” circular spa pool shape (rather

than a square shape) as it evokes the

feeling of a European hot tub.

The use of repurposed materials

by Jon and his team has cemented

the identity of this outdoor space.

Repurposed coat hooks (that those

of a certain age will remember

in school cloakrooms) are where

towels can hang, and the tables

and shelves made from the kwila

decking invite in a glass or two of

bubbles. The outdoor shower, which

is plumbed to include hot water,

was created from a piece of the old

Lyttelton wharf the client had.

It looks like that perfect place you

dream about stumbling upon in the

depths of the wilderness, where

there is a hot pool and a place

to fully surrender to nature. But

instead, it is the perfect getaway in a

Lyttelton backyard.

ABOVE: Landscape architect Dan Rivers prefers a circular-shaped spa pool due to its “pure” shape.

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“It is like it [the rock] has

landed out of the sky, like

islands – just like in a

raked Zen garden area.”

– Dan Rivers

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old Lyttelton wharf. It took a specialised piece of equipment and four people to get the rock into place (right).


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A natural connection

The story started with a jetboat crash and an enamel teapot, and it has forged

a partnership deeply connected to Wānaka’s natural environment.

Words Shelley Robinson

ABOVE: Amanda Dorset and Ben Wilson are in the business of lounging around.

Photo: Jodie James

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You sense Amanda Dorset and Ben Wilson are

the couple you’ll find yourself talking to long after

the campfire has turned into embers. The Wānaka

husband and wife have a sense of ease about them – of

conversation, enjoying life and having a good laugh

in between.

The founders of Wilson & Dorset, creators of luxury

sheepskin homewares, are at their Dublin Bay home and

bantering at each other over how they met.

“You invited yourself to one of my parties!” This from

Ben, who doesn’t sound at all like he minded. After all,

it was a party that not only spurred a relationship but

a business.

While the duo knew of each other when they

attended high school in Canterbury – Rangi Ruru Girls’

School for Amanda and Christ’s College for Ben – it

wasn’t until their mid-30s that they met up once again.

The party was to celebrate a development Ben, his

brother and a friend had completed on the West Coast.

Amanda was working for Icebreaker in Auckland and hit

the road with three friends to find the party at a little

out-of-the-way place called Hannah’s Clearing, about

20km south of Haast.

And technically, Amanda didn’t invite herself to Ben’s

party – her friend asked Ben if it was okay first.

As the three women wandered along to the beach

party, they spotted something a bit out of the ordinary

for them.

“There was a chopper overhead with something

dangling from the bottom of it. It was some sort of beast.

And I was going, ‘Oh my god, this is actually the wild

west,’” says Amanda, laughing.

It was, says Ben, a proper West Coast party. Something

had indeed been shot earlier in the day, while crayfish

had been harvested off the boat and the brews were

steady. And then there were the yarns – which is how

Ben got Amanda’s attention.

“He told the story around this ridiculous jetboat ride.

He had gone up beyond the spot where normally people

don’t go because it’s too treacherous. And it all went to

custard,” says Amanda. “There is a video of the jetboat

going over this massive boulder. It looks like the jetboat

is driving itself because Ben had been jettisoned into the

passenger side and the jetboat was airborne. And the next

shot is the jetboat being choppered out of the river...”

“Ah, that wasn’t that time – that was another time,”

Ben interrupts, slightly sheepishly.

“Oh, that was another time,” agrees Amanda. “Anyway,

I was like, he was this quiet shy, quite sweet guy at school

and little did I know he was a rugged, outdoors type who

enjoys making the most of nature – a bit of an action man.

So it did pique my interest at that point.”

“That was all before kids. Then everything ground

to a halt,” adds Ben quickly, in case we think he is still

attempting to fly jetboats.

However, the relationship was cemented when they

saw each other a few months later at a New Year’s

Eve event at Minaret Station. It was one of those grand

evenings where all the nice drinks are gone so naturally

you start mixing the leftovers in an old enamel teapot,

says Amanda.

West Coast, hunting, cocktail mixing in a teapot – you

don’t get much more Kiwi than that.


After that sort of beginning, it comes as no surprise that

connectedness through the medium of nature is at the

very core of Wilson & Dorset.

ABOVE: Amanda, Ben and their family live in Dublin Bay, where they take inspiration

every day from the natural environment. Photo: Rachael McKenna

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“There are people living all around the world who

are quite disconnected from nature. They are living in

central city apartments and we’re exceptionally lucky

we are sitting here in Dublin Bay looking over the lake

– you get a more stunning view really,” says Ben.

However, introduce something to those apartments,

that is truly from nature, which you can touch, and it

recreates the feeling of nature, says Amanda.

She refers to the biophilia hypothesis, as per

American biologist Edward O. Wilson, who believes

humans seek to be connected to nature.

“I think that’s what we don’t really realise. When

we go for our walk along the beach or in the forest

or are lounging on sheepskin, compared to something

synthetic, your body feels good. It’s quite a primal

thing,” she says.

Wilson & Dorset’s sheepskin products, including

rugs, stone sets and beanbags, encourage ‘lounging’

– transforming formal spaces into places of supreme


“We spend so much time at our computers; we

are locked into this sitting position at our desk and

then we go home and sit in our armchairs. We

replace one static seating situation for another. But

if you have a lounging rug or stones to lounge on

– to read a book or play on – it is very good for our

bodies,” says Amanda.

“One of our customers, early in the piece, had a

beautiful living space with a tile floor and they just

didn’t use the space. He bought a lounging rug and

what he found was he was suddenly reading the paper

on the floor – he hadn’t done that in 30 to 40 years,”

adds Ben.


A small advertisement appeared in the Otago Daily

Times in August1881. Robert Wilson (1832–99)

offered to subscribe £100 on the condition 19 others

subscribed a similar amount to “test the playability of

the industry” of sending frozen sheep meat to Britain.

That man was also Ben’s great-great grandfather. As

a result, the New Zealand Refrigerating Co Ltd was

formed, with Robert as one of the original directors.

“They didn’t end up being the first – they were the

second shipment, it was a bit of a race at the time. It

was the beginnings of the sheep meat industry – they

were already sending wool at that stage, but sending

frozen things was an enormous feat and the height of

technology at the time,” says Ben.

Sheepskin and meat, in some form or the other,

have been in the Wilson family ever since. One of

Ben’s earliest memories of sheepskin comes from the

carpet in the living room of the Taieri farmhouse, near

Dunedin, in which he grew up.

“My father was involved in the trade back then. It

wasn’t carpet, it was sheepskin cut up into pieces and

fixed to the floor. I always remember this luxurious,

curly carpet; this sheepskin,” he says.

Ben’s father, the late Robert Wilson, and his

exporting and consultancy company Robert Wilson

Ltd, also helped set up a sheepskin tannery in

Xuanhua, China, with Auskin Group and an up-andcoming

Dunedin tanner, Leroy Parker.

“In 1997, Dad arranged for Leroy, a Port Chalmers

lad who had never travelled at that stage, to live in

Inner Mongolia and help build the tannery. They

commissioned the new tannery in three months – an

incredible achievement given Leroy did not speak a

word of Mandarin when he arrived,” says Ben.

Not only does Leroy still remain with the Auskin

factory as technical director, but the close familylike

relationship remains. Amanda and Ben use the

factory as their manufacturer, plus they have a small

shareholding in the factory.

Amanda and Ben wanted to fly the New Zealand

wool flag around the world, but they also wanted to

connect to our natural surroundings. To do that, they

needed to do things differently.


Things looked too perfect. That was what Ben noticed

in his pre-Wilson & Dorset days, when he was working

with retailers in Asia selling sheepskin products.

“I’d see sheepskin in the store and right next


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door would be a synthetic product. Those synthetic

producers were working really hard to make their

product look natural,” he says.

Ben concluded sheepskin was being overengineered

and over-processed to the extent they

almost “looked synthetic”.

“The character had been stripped out of it. Wilson &

Dorset is about taking the material back to its natural

character and not stripping it away.”

At the same time, Amanda was working for

Icebreaker as the New Zealand merino story was

gaining traction, led by founder Jeremy Moon.

After witnessing the power of storytelling and simple

but good design, Amanda combined her knowledge

with Ben’s and the concept was born around being

innovative with sheepskin, about taking the product

and linking to something both were passionate about

– Wānaka and New Zealand’s natural environment.

“That connection to place was always quite

important. The brand, aside from reconnecting people

to nature, is vicariously enabling them to connect with

place – Wānaka, the people, the place, the lifestyle,”

says Ben.

And so now you will find Wilson & Dorset lounging

rugs and products in homes, lodges and mansions in

Los Angeles, London, Copenhagen, Russia and Paris.

On one memorable occasion, an overseas visitor

from Paris saw one of Wilson & Dorset’s rugs at a

luxury lodge in Wānaka and decided they needed

one immediately.

“They didn’t have time to pop into the shop so a

helicopter met us at Glendhu [Bay] and we threw in

four products, in different colours, and it flew back to

them to make their decision. They couldn’t make a

decision so they took all four,” says Amanda.

While the business is exploring global markets in a

formal way, it has not lost its connectedness – both to

people and nature.

“People walk into the store and see this pure,

beautiful New Zealand wool product and we just sit

and chat on beanbags. You’re just sitting and yarning to

people about their lives and then they take something

home with them that is a lovely reminder of the

experience they had in Wānaka,” says Amanda.

At the end of the day, Amanda and Ben are just two

people who love a good chat, a life of ease and the

place in which they live. And now they share it with

the world.

ABOVE: Ben and Amanda’s products invite the natural environment into people’s

homes through the use of sheepskin. Photo: Mickey Ross

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Creating your bedroom jungle!

Step 1: Add Lush plants to your bedroom

Step 2: Add pretty baskets and pots to home your plants

Step 3: Relax and inhale that clean, fresh air!

It doesn’t have to be hard to bring the tranquil feel of a lush jungle in to your room. Start with easy care plants

such as ‘ZZ’ or ‘Peace lily’ and then let your imagination run wild from tall indoor trees such as a ‘Rubber Plant’, to

trailing fronds to hang from a shelf.

We spend a lot of time in our bedroom – so make sure you get a plant that will help purify the air you breathe.


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Boudoir boosters

These bedroom companions may actually help boost your sleep.

Words Sue Witteman

ABOVE: A hardy foliage plant, like Sansevieria, adds stress-free style – as long as it doesn’t mess with your feng shui!

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Plants are brilliant in a bedroom. Apart from

the fact they produce oxygen during the day

so you go to bed in an oxygen-rich environment,

they add a calming atmosphere to the room.

And, of course, they do that sucking-the-nastychemicals-out-of-the-air

thing of which we are all

now aware.


Hydrangeas, azaleas and cyclamen

enjoy the cooler temperature of a

bedroom, and this cooler atmosphere

also helps to prolong their flowering

time. For a splash of exuberant colour,

try a begonia, hibiscus or cheerful

potted chrysanthemum. Potted-up

annuals can also be used as shortterm

flowering bedroom plants for a

few weeks, with the idea they will be

discarded when flowering has finished.

Consider using Primula obconica,

P. malacoides or Impatiens species.

If you have a particularly sunny

bedroom or windowsill, you could try

a lavender plant or two as it is known

to be a remedy for sleeplessness; it’s

also a handy moth repellent.

Because the bedroom is a lessused

space than the front room,

it would be wise to consider how

often you will notice your plants.

If you feel you may neglect them,

choose more forgiving plants such as

Aspidistra elatior, called the cast-iron

plant for obvious reasons. I have five

big pots of these that can be used

just about anywhere in the house,

including the guest bedroom. They

make a good ‘emergency’ filler plant.

Also forgiving is Epipremnum aureum

(golden pothos), which makes a good

plant to hang off a shelf or use in a

plant hanger. A basket or bowl with

a few ivy plants in it would be simple

to achieve. If you have a sunny

bedroom or windowsill, you could

consider using easy-care succulents.

I like the idea of using softer, more

rounded foliage in the bedroom

rather than sharp-edged spiky plants;

it just seems more conducive to

relaxation. Maybe that is a kickback to

the feng shui period I went through

years ago when, apparently, swordshaped-leaved

plants gave off the

wrong sort of energy.

Bedrooms are often shadier rooms,

so this will steer your choice of plants.

If you can commit to watering and

misting, then ferns would look lovely;

they would like the cooler bedroom

air more than the drier air in a hot

living room. If you were looking to

have just one or two plants, then a

sizeable palm such as a Kentia palm

(Howea forsteriana) would look

handsome, as would a small ‘tree’,

such as a weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)

or a Fatsia japonica (particularly the

good-looking variegated one). But

try out different plants, as long as

you think about their heat, light and

humidity requirements.


Keep a small watering can in the

bedroom/en suite for top-up

waterings – and perhaps a small pair

of secateurs or scissors for any repair

work. Every so often, plants could

be put in the bath or shower for a

good dousing. Repot or top-dress as

needed. Liquid feed regularly or use

a long-term fertiliser for container

plants. Turn the plants occasionally to

avoid lop-sided growth.

One of the advantages to having

plants in your bedroom is that you

can do what you want as it will mainly

be you who sees it. There will be no

judgement – it could even be in ‘bad

taste’ – it doesn’t matter, as long as

you enjoy it. Choose your boudoir

plants to suit yourself and your plantgrowing


ABOVE FROM LEFT: Indoor plants can offer attractive flower power as well as oxygenate the room;

Annuals, such as Primula obconica, can add a short-term bust of colour to your bedroom.

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ABOVE FROM LEFT: Opt for more robust plants, such as the cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior), if you feel you may neglect your bedroom plants;

Try a small indoor tree, like this weeping fig (Ficus benjamina), if you want a statement plant rather than a range of smaller options.

The heat is on

Which heat source is right for you? Interior designer Michelle Laming has the

quick guide to your heating options, alongside some new trends.

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Winter is nipping at our toes, and with it

comes the need to heat our homes. There

are many things to consider if you are building

or considering a change, and right at the top of

the list is heat efficiency. Depending on your

preference, you may like to have a main source

of heating teamed with an auxiliary form. For

example, some people like the ambience of a gas

or wood fire and then supplement it with a heat

pump. Or perhaps you prefer a single source of

heat. Whatever your preference, it pays to know

what different forms are on offer, so let’s take a

closer look at some of the options.

Spartherm Double Sided Wood Fireplace,


Heat that permeates

Log fires are still a very popular

heating source, and their efficiency

has somewhat improved. They

create the kind of warmth that

permeates throughout the home,

especially when teamed with a

heat transfer kit in the roof cavity.

The only drawback for some is

that wood can be messy and

bothersome. But, if you like the

romance and aesthetic of a real

fire with a stack of logs beside it,

it’s a lovely thing to have.

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New trends in heat pumps

Heat pumps still lead the way to create

warmth with little effort. They can be

installed on the wall, but there is now a

trend for them to be installed into the roof

cavity, with a remote panel to control what

room you want to heat or cool down.

Dual source heat pumps (DSHP) can

draw heat from either the air or the ground,

depending on which is most efficient at

the time, making it far more effective than

traditional heat pump models. New heat

pumps are also built with ‘dual-speed’

or ‘variable-speed’ motors to maximise

comfort and electricity savings.

Heat pumps work most efficiently when

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Can gas fires be efficient?

If you want the flame and visual aspects

of a fire but without the wood, gas fires

are great. A fan is normally in the unit to

help get the best movement of air and

heat through your home.

If you are leaning towards the gas

option, you need to consider the location

of installation, the size of the room versus

heat output, and whether you want to

use bottled or natural gas. A glass front is

a must for efficient heat output.

One of the misconceptions about gas

fires is how much they cost to run. To

make sure you are getting an efficient

fireplace, look for its Energy Rating Label.

They are the ones with the stars, and the

more stars the better. Also, look for a

direct vent system (a traditional gas fire

uses indoor air for combustion, while a

direct vent uses outdoor air). A direct

vent system can make a fire up to 95 per

cent more efficient.

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Underfloor heating can be in-slab

(the foundation of the home),

where pipes are laid on polystyrene

insulation or attached to the

reinforcing mesh, or on top of the

slab (under the carpet, timber or

tiles). It can be electric or waterheated.

For maximum heating

effectiveness on top of the slab, I

would highly recommend insulation

boards that push the heat up to the

surface and not into the slab, thereby

saving on heating costs.

Under-tile heating is the best for

tiles or stone, as they have a high

thermal conductivity – the heat from

the underfloor heating wire transfers

to the floor surface quickly.

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Spinach Coconut Curry

Suggested beer match: McLeod’s Paradise Pale Ale —

has lovely fruity hop character that works in harmony

with the spices and enough oomph to cut through the

rich flavours.

Serves 4-6 Prep time 10mins | Cooking time 6¼ hours

Skill level Easy as


4 lamb shoulder chops

2 Tbsp Pams Pure Flour

2 onions, finely sliced

1 Tbsp Pams Mild Curry Powder

1 tin Pams Coconut Milk

600g orange kūmara, peeled and cut into chunks

120g baby spinach leaves


1. Preheat the slow cooker to low. Remove any excess

fat from the lamb shoulder chops. Dust the chops

with the flour.

2. Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan and brown the

lamb pieces on each side. Set aside.

3. In the same pan add the onion and fry until soft,

add the curry powder, stir well, add the coconut

milk, ½ cup water and the salt, then pour into the

slow cooker.

4. Add the kūmara, cover with the lamb pieces, and

cook on low for 6 hours or until tender.

5. Add the spinach and allow to wilt, then serve.


This is delicious served with rice or roti. Add some

chopped chilli to the mix if you prefer things a little spicy!

Chicken Katsu with Super

Slaw & Sesame Dressing

Suggested beer match: Steinlager Tokyo Dry —

the simplicity of this dish requires a beer that won’t

overwhelm it so go for this seamless cleansing lager.

Serves 4-5 Prep time 15mins | Cooking time 25mins

Skill level Easy as


Serve with white or brown rice and drizzle some of your

favourite sauce over the katsu chicken. Try chipotle mayo,

sriracha sauce, tomato sauce or sweet chilli sauce.


500g skinless chicken breast

½ cup Pams Pure Plain Flour

2 Pams Free Range Mixed Grade Eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups Pams Panko Crumbs

2 Tbsp sesame seeds

2 Tbsp sesame oil

3 Tbsp apple cider or rice vinegar

1 tsp sugar

½ packet Pams Superfoods Super Slaw


1. Slice the chicken horizontally, then cut each piece

into 3 lengths.

2. Put the flour, eggs and panko crumbs into separate

bowls. Add salt and pepper to the flour bowl. Dip

the chicken pieces in the flour, then the egg and

finally into the panko crumbs, pressing well to

ensure they’re covered. Set aside on a tray until

ready to cook.

3. To make the dressing for the slaw, heat a wide frying

pan over a medium heat and add the sesame seeds.

Cook for a few minutes until golden and toasted. Put

aside in a small bowl. When cool, add the sesame oil,

vinegar, sugar and 1 tablespoon olive oil and season

with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

4. Add a generous splash of oil to the pan and over a

medium heat add the crumbed chicken (you may

need to do this in batches). Cook for 3-4 minutes on

each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels.

5. Mix the slaw with the sesame seed dressing and

serve with the chicken.

Vegan Thai

Pumpkin Soup

Suggested beer match: Urbanaut Miami Brut Lager —

the beer is light and dry so will play nicely against the

texture of the soup and the bright hops work well with

the Thai spices.


Garnish with some toasted coconut chips and fresh lime

or coriander. Roasting the pumpkin adds great flavour, but

you can also add chopped pumpkin straight to the pot

with the stock and cook until soft.

Before roasting, scoop the pumpkin seeds out from the

pumpkin and spread out on a separate baking tray. Toss

with a tablespoon of curry paste and roast for 10 minutes.

Sprinkle a few seeds over your soup for a crispy topping.

Serves 6 Prep time 5mins | Cooking time 55mins

Skill level Easy as


1 medium-sized pumpkin

1 large brown onion, roughly chopped

2 Tbsp Thai red curry paste

(make sure it’s vegan friendly!)

2 Tbsp lemongrass

1 litre Pams Vegetable Stock

1 can Pams Coconut Cream


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut the pumpkin in half,

place onto a baking tray in the oven for 30 minutes

or until tender.

2. Add the onion to a large stock pot with the curry

paste and some oil. Sauté on a medium high heat

until the onion begins to soften and become fragrant.

Add the lemongrass, stock and coconut cream.

3. Scoop the pumpkin off the skin and add to the pot.

Simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat then leave

to cool slightly and season well with salt and pepper.

4. Using a stick blender, blend until smooth and creamy.

Briefly reheat, then ladle into soup bowls to serve.

Vietnamese Style

Caramel Chicken

Suggested beer match: Vietnamese food demands a

Vietnamese beer and Some Sorcerer from Saigon’s Heart

of Darkness has lovely tropical sweetness to complement

this dish.

Serves 4 Prep time 10mins | Cooking time 20mins

Skill level Easy as


8 chicken thighs, cut in half

1 red onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp cracked black pepper

¼ cup Pams Soy Sauce

½ cup Pams Brown Sugar

2 Tbsp fish sauce

2 cups Pams Jasmine Rice, steamed

4 bok choy, cut in half


1. Add a splash of oil to a large fry pan over high

heat and, working in batches, brown the chicken

for a couple of minutes on each side, until golden.

Remove from the pan and set aside.

2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the red onion

and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until soft

and translucent.

3. Return the chicken to the pan and add the black

pepper and soy sauce. Reduce the heat to low and

leave to simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Bring the heat back up to high and add the brown

sugar, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until

the sauce is thick and syrupy. Add the fish sauce and

stir to combine. Remove from heat and serve with

steamed rice and bok choy.

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Crispy Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Thank me later. Golden and crispy on the outside, and warm and gooey on

the inside: just how a good – no, great – gnocchi should be.

Words Karen Fischer

Style | Food 49

50 Style | Food







2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed

(about1½ cups when mashed)

1 cup raw cashews

½ cup tapioca starch or arrowroot starch

1 tsp garlic powder

¾–1 tsp quality sea salt

oil (of your choice)

Cashew Cream (see recipe opposite)


4 large courgettes (zucchini), spiralised or

sliced into thin noodles

½ cup red cabbage, washed and finely sliced

fresh chives, washed and finely sliced


The Healthy Skin Kitchen,

by Karen Fischer and

published by Exisle Publishing

(RRP $37.99)


1. If you have not already made the Cashew Cream (recipe

opposite), soak 1 cup of cashews in hot water and set aside.

2. Line two large baking trays with baking (parchment) paper and

set aside.

3. Bring a medium pot of water to the boil.

4. Peel and cube the sweet potato, then add to the pot and boil

until soft (about 15 minutes). Drain, then remove excess water

with paper towels or a clean tea towel. Set aside to cool.

5. Next, place a cup of raw cashews into a high-speed blender

and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs or flour

(do not excessively blend as it will turn into nut butter). Add

the tapioca starch, garlic powder and salt, and briefly blend.

Set aside.

6. Place the sweet potato in a large flat-based bowl and mash,

then stir a ¼ cup of the cashew flour mix into the mash. Add

another ¼ cup of flour and knead together until the flour is

well mixed in. Add the remaining flour as needed (the dough

may be slightly sticky). Wrap the dough in some plastic wrap

and place in the refrigerator to firm for about 10 minutes.

7. While the dough is firming, make the Cashew Cream (if you

haven’t already), and set aside in the refrigerator.

8. Remove the dough and separate into three balls, and place one

onto the lined baking tray. Roll it into a long snake-like piece

about 1cm wide and then cut into gnocchi-sized pieces (about

1cm x 2cm). Press individual pieces down lightly with a fork to

make a pattern on the top.

9. Repeat with the other two balls of dough, then set the gnocchi

aside and leave to firm (about 10 minutes).

10. While the gnocchi is firming, make the courgette noodles with

a vegetable spiraliser, or peel courgette strips to create large,

flat noodle shapes. Set aside.

11. Place a large non-stick pan or skillet on a medium heat with a

dash of oil and add half of the gnocchi to the pan, cooking until

lightly browned (about 1–2 minutes on each side). Remove

from the pan and set aside while you cook the rest of the


12. Once the gnocchi is ready, add the courgette noodles and

cabbage to the frying pan and heat for 1 minute, then place

onto a serving dish or into two bowls.

13. Place the gnocchi on top, drizzle with Cashew Cream and

sprinkle with chives.

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Cashew Cream


PREPARATION TIME 15 minutes (plus soaking time)

A drizzle of Cashew Cream makes savoury dishes look good and taste great.

Use a squeezie sauce bottle to get the perfect drizzle every time.


1 cup raw cashews, unsalted

¾ cup filtered or spring water

¼ tsp quality sea salt

¼ tsp garlic powder (optional)


1. Activation soaking method: if you have time,

soak the cashews overnight in warm water

to activate the cashews – ideally do not

soak them for more than 6 hours. Quick

soaking method: pour boiling water onto the

cashews and soak them for about 30 minutes

or until they are soft and swollen.

2. After soaking, drain and rinse the cashews

well using fresh water. Place them into a

high-speed blender along with the water, salt

and garlic powder, if using, and blend on high

until smooth.

3. Store in an airtight jar or squeezie sauce

bottle in the refrigerator for up to four days.

52 Style | Drink

Three cheers

The table was set with a trio of whiskies, each a different tier of taste.

Hayden Preece explains the difference.

Words Kate Preece

It is possible to spend a similar amount on two bottles of whisky yet return home with vastly

different drams. We explore three rungs of the whisky ladder, from easy drinking for the

beginner through to something more challenging for a discerning palate.

Glenfarclas 105 Cask


At 60%, this one’s a real sinus-clearer.

Almost tropical-citrus on the nose,

it’s sharp right to the end – a stab to

the throat.

Expect tannins to prevail on the

tongue. Think roaring hot cedar hot

tub and how the wood smell leaches

into the water.

The wood flavours border on

bitter and give way to peppered heat.

Overwhelming to unconditioned

taste buds, it opens up with a touch

of water, if you’re that way inclined.

The top of the table, it’s an

example of a thinking man’s whisky.

Nurse a glass and dismantle its

complexity over an evening. Though

daunting at the start, by the end you

can really pick it apart.

Oban 14

This one triggered a memory that I struggled

to put my finger on. It reminded me of

root beer and the almond sweetness of


With lashings of butterscotch and salted

caramel, a bitter note evens out the syruplike


The taste is all fruit, like a toffee apple

from a country fair. Roll it around the mouth

for a bit of sweet melon. Then comes a

waxy smokiness.

A stereotypical Highland, this intermediate

whisky is more refined, honing in on

a singular flavour profile on the taste

spectrum. It’s real back-of-the-tongue stuff.

Penderyn Myth

This Welsh single malt has a subtle buttery,

banoffee pie nose – almost Werther’s

Original. There’s a hint of overripe banana, a

little like when you’ve left some bananas in

the fruit basket, gone on holiday and a sticky

brown mess has oozed onto the bench – but

nothing that nasty.

It’s a sweet whisky to drink, heavy on

orange rinds and with a bourbon flavour. It

seems unfinished; the palate is left wanting

more but there’s nothing left to give. In saying

that, its simplicity makes it a good introductory

whisky that goes down smoothly.

54 Style | Beauty

Tried and tested

The Style team trial the latest beauty products.








Bulldog Original

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and Conditioner


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This product was good.

It’s simple to use: lather it

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admin. In terms of smell,

my toddler nephew

is always pulling at my

beard and he had no

complaints, so it must be

okay (ingredients include

aloe vera, camelina oil and

green tea). It did what it

said it would and yes, I

would use it again. Now,

I’m off to have a beer and

watch the rugby.

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Emma Lewisham Illuminating

Brighten Your Day Crème 50ml

Kiwi Emma Lewisham partnered with TerraCycle

to ensure the packaging from her collection

doesn’t go to waste. No exception, the latest in

the Emma Lewisham range comes with a refill pod

in its jar, which dispenses just the right amount

to cover the face and neck, dosing you up with

vitamin C, ceramides and AHA/BHA. Its scent

adds an uplifting moment to the morning routine

and the 100 per cent natural cream slips into

the skin with ease. It welcomes the addition of a

second product (serum or sunscreen) to support

a smooth makeup application and adds a sprinkle

of sparkle (one you are more aware of on your

hands than your face).

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Glow Lab Age Renew Firming

Eye Serum 15ml

With a promise to reduce dark circles and smooth fine lines,

New Zealand brand Glow Lab’s new eye serum has quite

the job to do. The likes of Collalift18 (African mahogany bark

extract) are tasked with the extra hard work, in this case

boosting collagen and firming the complexion. Chamomile,

aloe vera and jojoba oil soothe and hydrate in a product

that has a refreshing smell and sinks into the skin with ease.

Overall, expect something that slips easily into the beauty

routine and feels like progress.

RRP $35

Abeeco Collagen + Bee

Venom Active Day Lift 50ml

Ever since it was reported the

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate

Middleton, uses bee venom as part

of her skincare routine, I’ve been

intrigued by it because, well, just

look at her amazing skin. So I tried

Abeeco’s combination of collagen

and bee venom. This lightweight

daily moisturiser has a slight hint of

the bergamot scent and left my face

feeling firm but soft. I was concerned

that my foundation would clash once

applying over the product; however, it

turns out there was nothing to worry

about. Abeeco’s onto a winner here.

RRP $58

Bondi Sands Pure Self

Tanning Sleep Mask 75ml

This product is awesome and simple.

Apply like you would any facial

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application, of course) and then

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56 Style | Wellbeing

Winter skin

As the heating turns up, our skin starts to dry out.

Naturopath Deanna Copland shares some recipes

and tips to help keep your skin glowing.

With cooler weather comes dry skin. In

the South Island it is particularly dry

as we have far less humidity than places like

Auckland. And we all know how cold it can

get down here – so up goes the heating and

out goes the moisture from our skin. We

don’t feel like rehydrating because we feel less

like drinking cool water when it’s cold outside.

However, we can still keep our skin

hydrated and glowing with a few self-care tips.

Yes to tea

Keeping hydrated is important

for skin health. Instead of

having cold water, try different

herbal teas. Any mother of

young children will confirm

that lukewarm tea is actually

bearable. You can use tea

bags or make your own.

Grated ginger and some fresh

lemongrass makes a nice

brew, as does thyme leaves

with fresh lemon juice and a

little honey.

Less irritation

Natural washing powders are better for the

environment and are also less irritating to the

skin – especially if it’s dry. Supermarkets are now

well stocked, with several options available.

Style | Wellbeing 57

Sugar Scrub


½ cup white or brown sugar

½ cup coconut oil, melted

a few drops of an essential oil

(such as lavender or lemon)


Simply mix all the ingredients

together and pour into a small

wide-mouthed jar with a lid.


Use one tablespoon, as needed,

in the shower, scrubbing skin

in a gently circular motion. The

coconut oil will go solid in cold

weather but if you leave it in the

shower and apply it towards the

end of your shower, it will have

melted enough to use.


Slough off dead skin and moisturise it by making a

scrub for use in the shower. Scrubs are easy to

make and you can vary them by adding other ingredients

like coffee grinds and different essential oils.


The shower floor may be greasy

afterwards, so be careful. It can

be wiped down with a white

vinegar and orange essential oil

spray to cut through the oil.

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Orange looks

good on you

Orange vegetables are a good

source of beta carotene, which

converts to vitamin A and helps

with dry eyes and skin. Pumpkin,

orange kūmara and carrots are

all in season, so try to increase

these in your diet. A carrot dip

is great with plain rice cakes or

vegetable sticks or even dolloped

over the likes of a roast vegetable

salad, falafel or a chicken breast.

It includes warming spices such as

ginger and cinnamon, which makes

it a good one in the cooler months

for digestion and circulation.

Warming Carrot Dip


3 medium carrots, scrubbed and sliced

1 Tbsp olive/coconut oil

1 Tbsp liquid honey

1 Tbsp finely grated ginger

1 tsp ground cumin

½ tsp ground coriander

¼ tsp cinnamon

½ lemon juice

1 clove garlic, chopped

salt and freshly cracked pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a

tray with baking paper.

2. Toss carrots with the oil, honey and

spices and then season with salt.

3. Roast for about 30 minutes until

carrots are soft.

4. Transfer carrots and any juices to a

food processor.

5. Add lemon juice and garlic and blitz

until combined. Add 1–2 Tbsp water

if consistency is too thick. Season to

taste with salt and pepper.

6. Store in a sealed container in the fridge

for up to three days.


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64 Style | Read

The book nook

A place to discover what deserves a spot in your TBR pile.


Raft of Stars

Andrew J. Graff

(HQ Fiction, $32.99)

Tired of seeing his best friend Dale Breadwin abused

by his alcoholic father, Fischer Branson takes action. A

gunshot rings out and Bread and Fish flee into the woods.

They build a raft, but the river leads them into even

greater danger. In their wake travel a group of adults

– Sherriff Cal, aspiring poet Tiffany, Fish’s grandad, and

his mother Miranda – each determined to save the boys

from the terrors of Ironsford Gorge.

My Darling Lemon Thyme:

Every Day (NZ)

Emma Galloway

(HarperCollins $60)

Spiced pumpkin snacking cake, mushroom and lentil

lasagne, and roasted strawberry and ginger ‘ice cream’ are

among the recipes in Emma Galloway’s third book from

her home kitchen. A chef and mother of two, Emma has

designed tips and tricks to make cooking simpler through

planning ahead and using ingredients that are easy to

swap out. All the recipes are vegetarian and gluten free.

The Missing Sister (The

Seven Sisters book 7)

Lucinda Riley

(Macmillan, $29.99)

The seventh instalment in the multimillion-copy series

The Seven Sisters. The six D’Aplièse sisters have each

been on their own incredible journey to discover their

heritage, but they still have one question left unanswered:

who and where is the seventh sister? They only have

one clue – an image of a star-shaped emerald ring. The

search to find the missing sister will take them across the

globe – from New Zealand to Canada, England, France

and Ireland – uniting them all in their mission to complete

their family at last.

Fifty Years a Feminist

(NZ autobiography)

Sue Kedgley

(Massey University Press, $39.99)

In 1971, Sue Kedgley and other

young feminists carried a coffin

into Auckland’s Albert Park to

protest against decades of stagnant

advancement for New Zealand women. From that day,

she became synonymous with Second Wave feminism in

this country, most notably organising a tour by Germaine

Greer that ended in an arrest and court appearance. Her

rich and rewarding life, from activist, journalist and Green

politician, has included encounters with Betty Friedan,

Yoko Ono, Kofi Annan, Sonja Davies and the Dalai Lama.

She regrets that there is still a culture of male entitlement,

sexism and double standards, and that women are still

victims of violence. Even so, she argues, feminism has

achieved an extraordinary amount.


Send your 25–50 words on why you recommend it, with the title and your first and last

name for publication, to and you could win

a $25 voucher to spend at Piccadilly Bookshop.

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Yaa Gyasi

(Penguin Random House, $26)

I had heard a lot about this book

and this particular author and

I can see why! Homegoing is

about two sisters with two very

different destinies: one sold into

slavery; one a slave trader’s wife.

The chapters tell the story of the

generations that follow.

I really liked this style of writing

because each chapter had new

characters and was set in a new

time period. It is quite heavy to

read in parts and I had learned

a lot by the end of the book.

It makes you think about how

history shapes us all. I’d suggest

reading this one over a few days

as it can be a bit hard to keep

track of the characters. If you’re

after something that is intense

and moving, you’ll enjoy this.

– Bridie Cassidy

Gangland: New Zealand’s

Underworld of Organised


Jared Savage

(HarperCollins, $36.99)

This book will shock many readers.

This isn’t fiction – it is a work of

non-fiction gleaned by the author

over 24 years as a crime reporter.

The 12 chapters follow key crimes,

investigations and cases, almost

all connected to the illegal drug

industry in New Zealand. The risks

are high but the financial rewards

are astronomical, funding the

lifestyles of the rich and infamous.

Read this book if you want to know

what police, customs and the justice

system are up against.

– Neville Templeton,

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The Music of Bees

Eileen Garvin

(Penguin Random House, $34.99)

Set in the countryside in America’s

vast Pacific Northwest, this

heart-warming story is about

three random people who are

drawn together by chance. Each

provides the others with the

courage and ability to see beyond

their limitations, and the common

denominator through which they

do so are bees. Written by Eileen

Garvin, who is a beekeeper as well

as a writer, this book will appeal to

apiarists and those who enjoy a tale

of the power of friendship to help

overcome life’s challenges.

– Helen Templeton,

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Gadgets and other things

Gary Condon scouts around for the things that make life

a bit easier and a heck of a lot more fun.


Bait it up and send it out

and it comes back with

enough fish to feed the

hordes. Kontiki fishing

is an electric longline

beach fishing system,

taking your line a couple

of kilometres out to sea.

Can’t believe I’m only just

hearing about this now.

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Game on

Remember those old school days

when you used to drop a dollar

or two into the coin door and the

hours just disappeared? So yes,

you do need a pinball machine

and foosball table for you and

your mates. It’s addictive and will

transfix you for hours on end.

And you can justify it by saying it

is better to play a game and keep

your mind sharp instead of using

your phone or laptop.

Pinball machines available at from about $15,000

Save Barn Foosball Table Wooden Games Table 8 Rods ($395)

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No more lawn mowing

Mention ‘robot’ in any appliance and consider

my interest piqued. Robotic lawn mowers must

be strangely hypnotic devices if you watch them

do all the work you used to do on a Sunday

afternoon. You can operate them from your

smartphone and an on-board GPS system makes

a map of your garden through guide wires. The

mower then apparently knows where it has

already done. And there is no green waste to

get rid of, reportedly, because they are mulching

mowers designed to mow the lawn frequently,

cut the grass into fine clippings and scatter them

onto the lawn. Fascinating.

Husqvarna automower 315X, $3879

All the smarts

Look, I know I am never going to

have 650,000 different smart devices,

but just having a remote that can control

all of them is something I do want.

The Sevenhugs Smart Remote ($500)

can control most of your smart

technology around the house.

Simply tap on the device you want

to watch and that’s it.


You know what goes well

with retro games?

A retro fridge filled with a

heap of cold ones.

I love my new Husky 123L Retro Style

Bar Fridge (from $750) fridge.

It looks amazing with a beautiful

finish and cools things very fast.

Cheers to that.

68 Style | Travel

Where in the world?

We can’t help but think of faraway places, planning for travels yet to come.

Do you know the destination we’re dreaming about this month?


• About 50 ‘torres’ or ancient coastal

towers, which date back to the

1500s, are on the coast of this island.

Used as lookouts for pirates, they

were designed by the mathematician

and historian Joan Baptista Binimelis

(1539–1616) and vital for defence

of the island. In spite of this, tower

keepers were poorly paid and often

killed first in an invasion.

• The Serra de Tramuntana mountain

range (which is about 90km long)

forms the northern backbone of this


• The island’s capital city is Palma.

• Known for its stunning beaches, wineries,

secluded coves and famous clubs.

• Like raw cured sausage? You’ll find

it here, where it is called sobrassada.

Or perhaps you might try some ‘dirty

rice’ (arròs brut) or enjoy the delicious

sweet bread called ensaïmada.

ANSWER: Mallorca


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To celebrate the release of Waste Not Want Not by

Christchurch’s Sarah Burtscher, invited guests

gathered at Corso Merivale for a tasteful soirée. Glasses

were raised to the author for providing readers with the

knowledge of what to do with all those leftovers.

Photography: Olivia Woodward Photography


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1. Shelly Jackson, Charlotte Smith-Smulders, Sarah Burtscher, Mandy Steel; 2. Jo Rusbridge, Kerryn Schroder; 3. Catherine Aitken;

4. Lara Palomino de Forbes, Annie Govan, Cilla Glasson; 5. Barbara Stewart, Danielle Stewart; 6. Sharon Trumper, Donna Kerr; 7. Suzy Tutton, Emma Newman;

8. Leon Russell-White, Sarah Burtscher; 9. Andrew Green.








The New Zealand Flying Doctor Trust welcomed Williams

Corporation Limited as its new principal sponsor at an

event held at the GCH Aviation hanger recently. In 2020,

the New Zealand Flying Doctor service flew 1207 missions

across New Zealand, with demand on the rise.

Photography: Supplied




1. Stefan Hance, Cor Vink, Michael Vink; 2. Nic Leggett, Bridget Leggett, Rosa Horncastle, Mrrietta Horncastle, Charlie Horncastle; 3. Jock Muir, David Cartwright;

4. Matthew Horncastle, Blair Chappell, John Currie, David Bowie, Christine Prince, Sam Whitelock;

5. Andrew Currie, Caroline Blanchfield, Declan Smiddy, Simon Duncan, Daniel Currie; 6. Russell Field, Arthur Ruddenklau, Tony Palmer;

7. Andrew Currie, Dan Francis, Dana Enache, Kathryn Marshall, Ben Randle; 8. Grant Chappell, Blair Chappell, Cara Huxford, Gaye Chappell.


Factor hosted a fashion show that saw top designers

M and sports stars on the catwalk at The Tannery. The

sold-out event helped raise more than $85,000 for Ronald

McDonald Houses in New Zealand.

Photography: Forever Young Photography



There was quite the buzz about Café Valentino the night

it celebrated its 30th birthday. Twenty-four patrons

were in the running to win a Fiat Abarth 595 – and the

fifth spin of the wheel declared Flora the winner. What fun!

Photography: Supplied

74 Style | Win


Win with Style

Every month, Style sources a range of exceptional prizes to give away.

It’s easy to enter, simply go to and fill in your details on the

‘Win With Style’ page. Entries close May 28.


Prepare for bed the natural way with the Linden Leaves

bedtime trio. First, cleanse the day away with the Oil

Cleanser and Eye Makeup Remover, moisturise with the

Regenerating Night Cream and, for an added boost, finish

with a couple of drops of Miraculous Facial Oil. You will

feel better for it! We have one set, valued at $155, to give



Those forlorn-looking things in your fruit bowl and fridge

need not be biffed, but instead made into tasty meals for

the family. Sarah Burtscher’s book Waste Not Want Not is

based on the top 10 foods thrown out in New Zealand

and has 80 delicious recipes and more than 40 tips and

tricks on how to stop wasting food. We have a copy,

valued at $39.99, to give away.


The queen of natural lip colour, Karen Murrell’s Princesses

of the Golden Petals set is your go-to autumn lip colour

collection. It features five gorgeous on-trend autumn tones,

including two luxurious metallic shades. Expect rich and

creamy lipsticks that each deliver a velvety matte finish for

long-lasting lip colour all season long. We have one $100

gift set to give away.


Need help on the path to radiant skin? Arbonne’s

BrightenUp set features skincare products to help improve

the appearance of uneven skin tone and skin discolouration.

Win your own $487 set, which includes Pearlescent

Foaming Cleanser, Luminous Serum, Brightening Eye

Cream, Radiant Night Cream and Illuminating Cream with

Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 15.




HONEST BURGERS: Vanessa Ellenbroek,

Joanne Longbottom, Ashleigh Hooper,

Kirsten Grbic, Marcia Sharpe, Felipa Lynch


PETE’S LEMONADE: Amy Hayward, Flo Logan


*Conditions: Each entry is limited to one per person.

You may enter all giveaways. If you are selected as a

winner, your name will be published in the following

month’s edition. By registering your details, entrants

give permission for Star Media to send further

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